What to Do Following Breast Augmentation
To begin with, here is a list of post-procedure “dos.”
DO give yourself plenty of time to rest.
After any major surgery, your body will need ample time to rest and recover. We generally advise breast augmentation patients to take at least a week off from work or from school and to devote that time to let their body heal. Be sure to move around the day after the surgery and on to avoid blood clots in the legs. By the end of that week, you will probably be feeling more and more like normal.
DO find the right sleep position.
Whether you are resting in bed or on the sofa, it is important to position your body in the right way. For breast augmentation patients, that means lying on your back or in a recliner. Feel free to experiment with pillows to help elevate your body if that is more comfortable for you.
DO eat healthy foods.
In addition to getting plenty of rest, you will want to ensure your body has the proper nutrients to expedite healing. Try to minimize junk food and empty calories; instead, focus on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and whole grains.
DO take pain medications as prescribed.
You can anticipate some soreness following your breast augmentation. Most patients say that the worst of it is over within a day or two and that they are more or less pain-free within 10 to 14 days. Take prescription painkillers as needed and only as prescribed. Also, ask your surgeon which over-the-counter pain medications you may take.
DO treat your implants with care.
It is important not to do anything to jostle or compromise your implants when they are still so new. So, avoid wearing underwire bras; instead, make sure you wear either a support bra or sports bra at all times, removing it only to shower.
DO be gentle with yourself.
Remember that it will take some time to see full results and that the immediate aftermath of breast augmentation tends to be an emotional roller-coaster. Try to be patient with yourself and with the process. Surround yourself with people who will encourage and support you.
DO ask for help.
We always tell patients that they need a friend, sister, spouse, or mom who can stay with them for the first 48 hours at a minimum, but really, it would be great to have someone there for a week. Do not hesitate to solicit help for chores around the house, including meal prep. Remember, the most important thing you can do is rest.
DO contact your surgeon if you have any problems.
If you have any concerns about the progress of your recovery or believe you are experiencing an infection or other unwanted side effects, do not hesitate to reach out to your surgeon ASAP.